When Life K.O.’s You, Audley Harrison

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Boxing Champion  Audley Harrison grew up in a broken home in a tough part of London. By the age of 17 he had been expelled from schools and ended up in juvenile detention. Relying on willpower, he turned his life around, becoming a university graduate and a boxing sensation. Harrison, who is retired and lives […]

Let’s Play, Marguerite Hunter Blair

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Distraction and playfulness are sorely missing in many children’s lives, says mother-of-five Marguerite Hunter Blair. And our children are bearing the brunt, as it is through play, especially outdoors, that children learn life skills and improve their physical and mental health. Hunter Blair is chief executive of Play Scotland and a passionate advocate for children’s […]

Taking Time for Your Child, Dr. Harold Koplewicz

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Child Psychiatrist One in five children struggles with mental health. ‘These disorders are not only common, they are very treatable,’ says world-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Koplewicz. At a time when screens have taken the place of babysitters, Koplewicz says that ‘being available’ for your child is crucial. Koplewicz runs the Child Mind Institute in New York […]

The Panic of Cancer – A Survivor’s Story, Anne Shewring

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Cancer Survivor It wasn’t until after her operation, chemo and double mastectomy that Anne Shewring started to struggle with anxiety. ‘You think: how am I going to survive this?’ It’s been five-and-half years now, and with the help of counselling Anne, whose sister died of breast cancer twenty years ago, learned to cope with ‘life […]

Teenage Anorexia, Ruth Bridge

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Teenage Eating Disorder When, at ten years old, homeschooled Ruth was sent off to school, she felt like an outcast. Discovering, during a health check, that she weighed twice as much as a friend, she rapidly started losing weight. ‘Once you start, it’s very difficult to stop for an eating-disorder mind.’ Anorexia reportedly has the […]

From Homelessness to Breakthrough Musician, Joel Lees

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Homeless Busker When 18 year old Joel got kicked out of his home for stealing from his mum, he had nothing, apart from ‘several mental issues I told no one about.’ For many years he lived on the streets of London busking, abusing alcohol and drugs. Through a rehabilitation program, he got back on track, […]

Airing your Mind – The Breath Guru, Alan Dolan

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Breath Guru It only took Alan Dolan 45 minutes, ‘and the world was a different place.’ Dolan had given up a high-flying international career to find ‘a life’. After his first Transformational Breathing session Dolan realized he had been depressed since he was 12, but also that he had a calling. Now a well-known breath […]

Goodness out of Grief – A Father’s Story, Dick Moore

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Suicide & Youth Instructor The Moores were a privileged, fortunate, happy family. Then, in September 2011, the third of their four sons committed suicide at the age of 21, after a break-up that led to depression. Dick Moore, who is a veteran headmaster with 30 years of teaching under his belt, valiantly managed to turn […]

Happy Heads – Headmaster Visionary, Sir Anthony Seldon

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Educationalist, Author and Co-founder of Action for Happiness Fed up with our education system, which he calls target-oriented and ‘sick’, Sir Anthony Seldon set out to teach children how to ‘lead lives full of meaning and love’ instead. Seldon, a prominent political historian and commentator, took his Buddhism-meets-school philosophy and successfully applied it to Wellington […]